National Potato Day is today, August 19th
August 19th marks the date for National Potato Day. It’s worth a pause to honor the humble potato. We typically consider its flavor needing improvement, using it solely as the platform for condiments. However there are hundreds of flavorful varieties such as All Blue, German Butterball, Princesse La Ratte, Red Thumb, Rose Finn Apple, Viking Purple, and Yellow Gold to name just a few—all varietals that carry the flavor of the earth they are raised in–flavor that you typically can’t get in any store-bought potato. “Western Washington is one of the best places to grow yellow and red thin-skinned potatoes. It’s the soil type,” says Peter Alden, founder of Alden Farms.
If you’ve never enjoyed fresh-from-the-earth organic potatoes, consider picking some up at your farmers’ market this week and try some ‘smashed’ potatoes simply dressed with olive oil, salt, pepper and a handful of fresh thyme. “No Cream, no butter, just the honest flavor of homegrown potatoes at their best.” Tamara Murphy, TENDER: farmers, cooks, eaters.